Ofcom unveils interactive UK broadband mapComplete picture of UK broadband access

06 July 2011

Ofcom broadband map

Ofcom hopes the map and data will help local authorities plan improvements.

Telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, has unveiled an interactive online map that shows the state of broadband access across the UK.

The map, which is based on data Ofcom has collected as part of a report to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to be published later this year, shows the average speed of fixed-line broadband, the take-up of broadband, the availability of super-fast broadband (24Mbit/s or more), and the percentage of people receiving less than 2Mbit/s.

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Brighton & Hove ranks well

Ofcom's investigations revealed that 68% of UK households have a fixed-line broadband connection, at an average of 7.5Mbit/s. Brighton won the award for the highest percentage of connections, at 80%, with Edinburgh topping the average speed charts at 10.1Mbit/s.

Ofcom has ranked each area of the UK from 1 to 5 based on overall broadband performance, a mixture of all the data it collected. Unsurprisingly London was one of the few to receive the top rating overall, but it was joined by the likes of Bristol, Brighton & Hove, Dudley, Wolverhampton, North East Lincolnshire and others.

The worst performing areas included large parts of Wales, Durham, Cumbria, Dumfries & Galloway, East Aryshire, Rutland and the Highlands - mainly low-density, rural areas.

Ofcom Chief Executive, Ed Richards, said: ‘We are now developing a clear picture of the UK’s fixed broadband infrastructure and how it delivers for consumers.

We hope that this information will stimulate further rollout of broadband infrastructure and better performance for households and businesses.’

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